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Writer's Digest Magazine: 2009 Editorial Calendar

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Everyone has been so helpful in giving feedback on magazine content, so here's a sneak peek at our issue themes for the coming year. This is a very broad-stroke outline, but gives you a sense of our focus each issue.

If there's a particular technique, topic, or area that you've always hoped we'd cover, let me know!

April 2009
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SELF PUBLISHING

  • The new perception of self-publishing; emerging tools and models
  • Resource chart on POD companies (what they offer, fees, rights, etc.) and reader feedback on self-publishing experiences.

WORKBOOK: Revision and Self-Editing

  • How to turn a first draft into a salable manuscript
  • When and how to work with freelancers to get a book into shape

June 2009
GET KNOWN BEFORE THE BOOK DEAL (MARKETING & PROMOTION ISSUE)

  • How to market and promote yourself before and after you make the sale
  • The most effective way to use social networking tools to sell yourself & your book
  • Hands-on guide to online viral marketing tools (blog tours, book trailers, reading groups, podcasts)

WORKBOOK: Writing Memoirs and Life Stories (when you’re not a name)

August 2009
PUBLISHING 101: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU WRITE A WORD

  • Visual guide to how your book moves from proposal to print to on the shelf—all the steps, all the things you need to know ahead of time
  • What to expect from your publisher (editorial, marketing, publicity)
  • How the industry has changed and new steps you need to take to ensure successful publication

WORKBOOK: The Art & Craft of Storytelling; Hooking Your Reader From Page One

October 2009
AGENTS AND EDITORS SPEAK OUT (THE GATEKEEPER ISSUE)

  • The new roles of gatekeepers and how to be an equal partner in publication
  • The anatomy of a book deal and a book contract: what you must know and ask about even if you do have an agent

WORKBOOK: Novel-writing related

December 2009
THE FUTURE OF PUBLISHING

  • The changing economic model of media and the emerging role of writers as content providers—five essential rules to follow to stay in the game
  • How to negotiate the smartest deal for digital rights and e-rights (and when to keep all such rights for yourself)

WORKBOOK: Writing Groups & Critique Group Guide; A Fresh Start in the New Year

Brian Andrews and Jeffrey Wilson: On the Power of Creative Teamwork

Brian Andrews and Jeffrey Wilson: On the Power of Creative Teamwork

Authors Brian Andrews and Jeffrey Wilson discuss the benefits of working as co-authors and the process of writing the newest Presidential Agent novel, Rogue Asset.

5 Tips for Writing About Big Historical Events in Fiction

5 Tips for Writing About Big Historical Events in Fiction

Novelist Anna Stuart shares her top five tips for writing about big historical events in fiction so that the story stays front and center...and engaging.

Mantel vs. Mantle (Grammar Rules)

Mantel vs. Mantle (Grammar Rules)

This post looks at the differences between mantel and mantle with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

Agent Advice

Agent Advice: Analieze Cervantes of The Harvey Klinger Literary Agency

Agent Advice (this installment featuring Analieze Cervantes of The Harvey Klinger Literary Agency) is a series of quick interviews with literary agents about their thoughts on writing, publishing, and just about anything else.

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WD Presents: 4 WDU Courses, an Upcoming Webinar, Submission Deadline for Your Favorite Writing Websites, and More!

This week, we’re excited to announce 4 WDU courses, an upcoming webinar on creating an author website, and more!

How To Find the Right Professional Editor for Your Writing

How To Find the Right Professional Editor for Your Writing

It's not enough to know when your manuscript is ready for a professional edit—it's knowing who is the right fit to do the editing. Here, Tiffany Yates Martin discusses how to find the right professional editor for your writing.

From Script

Understanding the Writer and Agent Relationship (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, read an intimate interview with Verve Literary Agent and Partner David Boxerbaum about the state of the spec market, the relationship between a writer and agent, and more!

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Ending Your Story Too Soon

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Ending Your Story Too Soon

The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so we started this series to help identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's writing mistake is ending your story too soon.

FightWrite™: Fight Scenes with Magic

FightWrite™: Fight Scenes With Magic

In this post, trained fighter and author Carla Hoch explores the process of writing fight scenes with magic—how to make the unbelievable believable, how limitations bring us closer to our characters, and more.